Absentee Voting

Application for Ballot to Vote by Mail – Revised 9-1-2015
Annual Application for Ballot by Mail – Notice and FAQs – New 9-15-2015
Your rights when voting by mail
Application for Emergency Ballot
Military and Overseas Voters

Straight Party Voting
Upcoming Elections
Demo of Voting Machine

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)
Who can use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) and why?

•  Active duty military, spouses, and dependents (voting from outside the home Texas county)
•  U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) temporarily overseas* away from the home Texas county
•  U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) permanently overseas* away from the (previous) home Texas county
* Federal law defines “overseas” as anywhere outside the United States. If you are not one of these voters, you need the regular early voting by mail application.
FPCA Application Information
FPCA Application Form

Who can vote by mail?
You are eligible to vote early by mail if you are a registered voter who is:
• 65 years of age or older
• Out of the county during the entire election including early voting (Must provide an out of county address and the date to begin and the ending date of receiving mail at this address. This application is only good for one election and runoff.)
• Disabled
• Confined in jail, but eligible to vote. (This application is only good for one election and runoff.)
How do I get a ballot?
To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Dallas County Elections office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. We must receive your application no later than the close of business 11 days before election day for both regular and FPCA applications (per H.B. 1927 law effective 9/1/2015). If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot must be received on the preceding business day.

 

First day for the Election’s Office to receive an Annual Regular or FPCA Ballot by Mail Application for all 2016 Elections is:
Friday, January 1, 2016

Regular Application for Ballot by MailFPCA Application for Ballot by Mail

Mail your application for a ballot to:
OR
If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:
Toni Pippins-Poole – Early Voting Clerk
Dallas County Elections
2377 N. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 820
Dallas, Texas 75207

Fax your application for a ballot to:
Fax: (214)819-6303

Email your application for a ballot to:
(Must be a scanned application that contains the voter’s original signature)
evapplications@dallascounty.org

We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins.

Where do I get an application?
You may download an Early Voting Absentee application from our site.
Note: This file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print. The reader can be downloaded free from Adobe.

Military and overseas citizens should use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

New H.B. 1927 law effective 9/1/2015, allows an application to be submitted throughout the calendar year beginning January 1st or 60 days before an election if election is held in January or February of a calendar year. Also the deadline for applications is no later than the close of business 11 days before election day for both regular and FPCA applications. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot must be received on the preceding business day. Please call our office 214-819-6359, if you have any questions concerning your application.

You do not have to use a formal application; however, an informal application must be in writing and include:
• your signature (or a witness’ signature if you cannot sign);
• your name and the address at which you are registered to vote;
• the address to which the ballot is to be mailed;
• the election date and for which election you are requesting a ballot (for a primary election, you must state the political party’s primary (Republican or Democratic) in which you wish to vote); and,
• a reason why you are eligible to vote early by mail and if you are a registered voter who is:                 • 65 years of age or older
• Out of the county during the entire election including early voting                 (Must provide an out of county address and the date to begin and the ending date of
receiving mail at this address. This application is only good for one election and runoff.)
                • Disabled
• Confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

How soon must I return the ballot?
Once you have marked your ballot it can be returned by mail or common/contract carrier, but we must receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on election day! New Law H.B. 1927 Effective: 9/1/2015 allows a voter to hand deliver in person their carrier envelope with marked ballot on Election Day before 7 p.m. to the Early Voting Clerks Office at 2377 N. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 835 Dallas, Texas 75207. The voter must provide acceptable form of ID for voting at the time of delivery and must sign in with clerk.If you are Military or Overseas (FPCA application) and are mailing your ballot from outside the United States, we must receive your ballot by the fifth day after election day.
How do I get more information?
For more information on ballot by mail and FPCAs,
call us at (214) 819-6359, fax us at (214) 819-6303,
Email: evapplications@dallascounty.org for Regular Applications or earlyvotingmail@dallascounty.org for FPCA Applications
or write us at:
Toni Pippins-Poole – Early Voting Clerk
Dallas County Elections
2377 N. Stemmons Frwy., Suite 820
Dallas, Texas 75207

Instructions for Voting an Optical Scan (Paper) Absentee Ballot

 

Information is in a Adobe PDF format. Download the free software Adobe Reader.

This website is for informational purposes only. While we endeavor to provide timely and accurate information, we make no guarantees. This material has been compiled from various sources. For additional questions, please contact the Dallas County Elections Department at (214) 819-6300.